Update


Recovery Cafe Longmont's website is up and running and will be completed soon.  Click here to visit the website.



Operations

  • Renovations have begun
  • Services delivery requirements/logistics in process
  • School for Recovery curriculum planning underway
  • Volunteer recruitment in process
  • Volunteer training planning
  • 2019 Operating budget planning underway


Communications

  • Logo developed
  • Website nearing completion
  • RCL talking points in process
  • Marketing/Communications plan in process
  • Facebook page started
  • Instagram started
  • Email platform in place (Mail Chimp)

Fundraising/Development

  • Fundraising plan in process
  • Grant research underway
  • Donor database selected (includes website integration/online giving capacity)


Public Awareness/Community Outreach

  • Ongoing


Governance/Board

  • 501c-3 status pending
  • Standing committees activated
  • Board expansion/recruitment in process
  • Mission/Vision/Core Value Statements finalized




A Location for Recovery Cafe Longmont


The Session of CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church is excited to announce that an agreement has been reached with the Recovery Café Longmont (RCL) Board of Directors concerning the location and operation of the Café.


What is the agreement that has been reached?

Recovery Café Longmont will operate in the east and west dining rooms, “puppet room,” and kitchen of the church basement. The agreement is for two years with the option for a third year.

In lieu of paying rent, Recovery Café Longmont will cover the cost of approximately $50,000 in renovations to the spaces it will occupy. These renovations will of course remain in place once the Café has moved from the basement to its own building, leaving the church with a much nicer and more functional space than it has now.


Why the church basement and not at another location in Longmont?

  • Proximity. A central location is important to the Café establishing itself successfully. The church basement provides such a location, which would be very difficult to duplicate elsewhere at a cost the Café could afford as a start-up non-profit. RCL also needs to be located close to public transportation because many Café members will be dependent on such transportation to get to and from the Café.  
  • Cost. Spaces of the required size and location lease for $3000-5000 a month and usually require at least a 3-year (and, frequently, a 5-year) lease plus the cost of renovations/additions to the space. That is a prohibitive financial commitment for a start-up non-profit. 
  • Funding. Many foundations and funding agencies will not give grants to start-up non-profits. You must first demonstrate 2-3 years of organizational stability. Operating from the church basement for 2-3 years will allow RCL to establish—and, thus, demonstrate—that ability.    

What will happen to groups currently using the spaces Recovery Café Longmont will occupy?

  • Faith Sewers will return to fellowship hall. 
  • Adventures in Worship and children from the Latinx Ministry worship service will move to other available spaces. 
  • The burrito ministry will make burritos in the fellowship hall kitchen until improvements to the basement kitchen are completed. 
  • Crossroads school will use the fellowship hall kitchen. 
  • The ESL and citizenship classes conducted by El Comite will move to other available spaces.   

Will Recovery Café Longmont effectively turn the basement into a day-shelter for homeless people?

Absolutely not. While it is true that people in recovery from addiction can experience homelessness, Recovery Café Longmont will help people out of homelessness by helping them remain in recovery. Additionally, Café members are actively involved not only in staying clean and sober but in helping to maintain the Café itself. RCL is not a place for people to simply come and do nothing—it is not a “drop-in center” and there are strict requirements for membership.


What will the renovations involve?

Included in the renovations is new paint, new flooring in some areas, improvements to the kitchen, lighting, and new steps and a new exterior door for the main entrance (on the south end of the church parking lot). The renovations will also result in the creation of two new class/meeting rooms in the basement from space that currently is not being utilized.


Also included in the renovations are new closets on the north wall of the fellowship hall to provide storage for the Fellowship Committee and the Faith Sewers. The church library will be moved to the Berhenke Room. This will give the library a dedicated space, provide a quiet place for reading, and provide additional meeting space for the church.


Where is Recovery Café Longmont getting the money for the renovations?

Recovery Café Longmont has been given a $50,000 capacity building grant from an anonymous donor associated with the Recovery Café Network. RCL will receive $40,000 and then the final $10,000 as a match for $10,000 RCL will raise.


How can Recovery Café Longmont do all the renovations for $50,000?

Recovery Café Longmont has reached out to vendors, a contractor, and sub-contractors, all of whom, from a desire to support the work of RCL, have agreed to provide materials and/or labor at cost or a greatly-reduced rate. Some are donating materials/labor outright.


When will the renovations start?

Immediately. Many of the sub-contractors need to do their work during the first quarter of 2019.


When will Recovery Café Longmont begin operations?

The goal is for RCL to open April 1, 2019.


What are the hours of operation for Recovery Café Longmont? Will the church be able to use space in the basement when RCL is not open?

It is anticipated that for the first year of operation, Recovery Café Longmont will be open 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Yes, the church will be able to use space in the basement when the Café is not open.


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The Recovery Café Longmont Board of Directors adopted the following Mission/Purpose Statement, Vision Statement and Core Values



Mission/Purpose Statement:  


We are a community of refuge and healing for people in recovery.



Vision Statement:  


To be an enlightened community where people in all walks of recovery are empowered to be their best selves.



Core Values


                    Radical Hospitality - Radical Hospitality is our act of gracious, warm and enduring welcome of all people

                                                         to ensure a feeling of love and support within our community.


                    Loving Accountability - Holding each other accountable to becoming our truest, best selves is the most loving thing we can do for each other.


                   Champion for Recovery - We promote lifelong focus on empowering people to reach their full potential and maintain healthy life habits.


                    Stewardship - We responsibly manage resources to honor and serve our stakeholders, and deepen our impact in the community.


                   Inclusive Community - Individuals from all backgrounds are valued and embraced with compassion, mutual respect and dignity.


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Board of Directors - David Barker, Terry Barker, Diana DeBrohun, Lawson Drinkard, Donna Ferrey, Karen Kruse, and Steve Kukic


Lisa Searchinger, Executive Director

Rhonda Curran, Director of Operations


Lisa Searchinger joined HOPE as executive director in 2013. Under her leadership, HOPE expanded program services to include overnight sheltering, increased the annual operating budget 120%, and quintupled the number of staff. Lisa received her Master of Nonprofit Management in 2011 from Regis University and possesses a depth of business as well as nonprofit management expertise. Previous professions include broadcast television production, communications management, and small business start-ups. She currently serves as vice president of the St. Vrain Community Council and on the executive board of the Human Services Alliance. Lisa is a long-time Colorado resident with extensive volunteer engagement and service in the Longmont community. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cycling, reading a good book and spending time with her husband, Brian, and two grown children.

 

Rhonda Curran joined HOPE as a street outreach volunteer in 2013. She was hired as staff in early 2017 in the position of program manager for street outreach. Her responsibilities included the implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of all activities of outreach services. Rhonda’s current position is development manager. In this position she works closely with the executive director in guiding the fundraising planning process and implementing fundraising activities. Responsibilities also include managing and administering the donor database. Rhonda holds a BA in economics with statistics from University of Connecticut and the Associate in Risk Management professional designation. She spent 30 years in the insurance and financial consulting business in varied positions: health insurance rater, actuarial analyst, and risk management consultant. In her spare time she enjoys reading, camping, and watching movies and spending time with her husband, David, and two grown daughters, Piper and Tyne.


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If you wish to support Recovery Café Longmont financially make checks payable to CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church and note that the contribution is to support Recovery Café Longmont.  Donations can also be made online by credit card.  Click here to make a donation (choose Recovery Café Longmont from the pull down menu).

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Recovery Café Longmont is part of the Recovery Café Network, a group of over 15 Recovery Cafés in communities all over the United States.  While each Café subscribes to the mission, vision, and guiding principles of the original Café in Seattle, each Café reflects the particular needs of its community.


While Recovery Café Longmont is being founded by CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church, it will represent the collective efforts of a number of community partners and will operate apart from the church as a separate 501(c)(3) human services non-profit.  Receiving services from or participating in the Café is open to all regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity.


What is Recovery Café? 

  • A community of women and men who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges coming to know we are loved and that we have gifts to share.

At Recovery Café… You Matter & You Are Loved

  • We believe that every human being is precious, worthy of love and belonging, and deserves opportunities to fulfill his or her potential regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made.
  • Whether in crisis, newer to recovery, in long-term recovery, after a relapse, during a difficult life change, or mental health transition, the Café is a place of support and stability for all individuals seeking to break the cycle of destruction and despair.

At Recovery Café… Our Community Fosters Stability, Healing, & Recovery

  • Without ongoing recovery support, the challenge of maintaining stability in mental health, relationships, housing and employment and breaking cycles of destruction may feel nearly impossible.
  • We provide a beautiful, safe, warm, drug and alcohol-free space and loving community to anchor people in the sustained recovery they need to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment.

At Recovery Café… Our Model Transforms Lives

  • Recovery Café was founded in 2003 as a direct response to the critical, unmet need of long-term recovery support for those who suffer on the margins – forgotten or ignored.
  • Over the past ten years, we have continued to improve and expand our programming and services to build a holistic, person-centered system of care – backed by evidence-based best practices – that engages individuals for a lifetime of managing their disease and empowers them to build a life that realizes their full potential.
  • Learn more about our History and nationally-recognized Model.

Our Work


Recovery Café was founded on the knowledge that every human being is precious and beloved regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made. We provide a beautiful, safe, warm, drug and alcohol free space and loving community to anchor Members (our most closely-supported consumers) in the sustained recovery needed to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment.

Our program is designed to help people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. Important elements of this work include:

  • A healing milieu with free, nutritious meals, coffee, tea and lattes, birthday celebrations, Open Mic nights, access to a computer lab, daily encouragement and a robust delivery of the message YOU MATTER.
  • Small, loving accountability groups called Recovery Circles which offer peer-to-peer support. They are facilitated by a staff person, trained community volunteer, or a long-term Member.
  • Volunteer opportunities allow Members to: learn the rewards of giving back, improve communication abilities, develop leadership skills, and learn to interact effectively and productively with staff, other Members, and outside volunteers who spend time at the Café sharing their gifts.
  • Education through the School for Recovery, a school available to Members and Volunteers featuring classes that address the underlying causes of addiction, teach coping skills, develop knowledge, and build recovery capital.
  • 12-step meetings are held in a dedicated space including Alcoholics Anonymous (Spanish and English), Narcotics Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous.
  • Referral Services. We partner with a wide network of complimentary service providers to help Members gain and maintain housing, healthcare, mental health services, legal assistance and a base of support as they navigate the complex social services system. Recovery Café doesn’t seek to duplicate services but rather be a place of stability so Members can access the services they need.

We provide support, resources and a community of care along the entire continuum of a person’s need for recovery assistance. Whether in crisis, newer to recovery, in long-term recovery, after a relapse, during a difficult life change, or mental health transition, the Café is there as a refuge of care with evidence-based addiction support and love. We teach people ways to manage mental health, maintain sobriety, and build community. We help each individual reclaim life as a person worthy of giving and receiving love.


Through our work, we prevent individuals from another potentially life-ending crisis, saving taxpayer money in emergency intervention to help them stabilize, and allowing mental health and addiction support professionals to focus on health maintenance and addiction prevention.

Learn more about our model.

Our Impact

Over the past ten years, the Café community has continued to refine and implement various means of providing services to build a program that leverages the best of peer and clinical support.


Today, our cohort of services synchs naturally with the new approach that Washington State Department of Behavioral Health has embraced during the last few years to create a more effective way to address chemical dependency issues: a Recovery Orientated System of Care (ROSC).

A ROSC meets people where they are on the recovery continuum, engages them for a lifetime of managing their disease, focuses holistically on a person’s needs, and empowers them to build a life that realizes their full potential. This person-centered system of care supports a person as she or he establishes a healthy life and recognizes that we all need a meaningful sense of membership and belonging in community. Recovery Café has been recognized by Washington State and King County experts as an excellent example of how a ROSC works.


Each year, our Members complete a self-report regarding the Café’s role in their drug and alcohol free time, impact of Café programming, and help (or lack thereof) Recovery Café provided in re-building and transforming their lives. Some highlights from our 2014 Member survey results show:

  • 84% report Recovery Café has increased the amount of hope in their lives, and 75% report that since being at the Café, they have become a better advocate for themselves. 
  • 70% report that the Café has helped prevent relapse. Of those who report having a relapse since coming to Recovery Café, 69% report that RC helped them maintain longer periods of drug-and alcohol-free time and 45% believe that RC has helped them get back on track more quickly. 
  • 53% report experiencing suicidal behavior before coming to the Café and 31% believe RC helped prevent suicidal behavior. Of those 55% of Members who reported visiting the ER before coming to RC, 31% report that their visits to the ER have decreased since coming to RC.